Although they are less common than accidents that involve cars and trucks, bus accidents do happen and often leave those who are involved severely injured. Buses are among some of the largest types of vehicles that occupy the roadways and even a minor encounter with one could result in serious or life-threatening injuries, especially if it is a pedestrian who is involved in the incident. In fact, some of the more common types of injuries pedestrians sustain when they come in contact with a bus often require them to seek medical treatment, undergo surgery, and attend therapy.
Some examples of the types of injuries pedestrians suffer in a bus accident include:
- Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck is forcefully thrown back and forth. Some cases of whiplash are more serious than others and those who suffer this type of injury often experience the following symptoms:
- Neck pain/stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Pain in the arms or hands
- Numbness in the arms or hands
- Blurred vision
[Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine].
Although whiplash injuries might seem minor, the symptoms associated with them can make it difficult for a victim to get through their day, let alone go to work.
- A fracture, or broken bone, occurs when “a force that is stronger than the bone itself is applied to a bone,” according to the Cleveland Clinic. The severity of a fracture will determine the type of treatment that is needed to mend it as well as the timeframe it might take for it to heal. Unfortunately, most fractures take weeks to heal which can impact a person’s ability to care for themselves and their family.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. The spinal cord is an extremely fragile part of the body and an injury to it could cause a victim of a bus accident to suffer paralysis, leaving them unable to move one or more areas of their body. Although there are mobility aids and assistive devices that can help a spinal cord injury victim with their day-to-day tasks, these types of injuries can have a life-long effect on an individual.
Who can be held liable for a pedestrian bus accident?
While it all depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident, there are a few potential parties who could be held liable or partially liable:
- The bus driver.
- The bus company, if is operated by a private company, or the city, if it a public transportation bus.
- The pedestrian. If the pedestrian’s actions led to the accident occurring, he/she could be held partially liable for the accident. And because Mississippi follows pure comparative negligence laws, the victim seeking compensation could have their settlement or award reduced by their percentage of fault, given they win their case.
Connect with a Jackson, MS Bus Accident lawyer After Suffering Injuries in a Bus Accident
If an individual suffered injuries in a bus accident in Jackson, MS, and would like to find out if they are entitled to compensation for their injuries, they or a loved one can contact Ballard Law, PLLC. When Jackson, MS bus accident attorney William E. Ballard takes on a pedestrian accident case, he fights for the best possible outcome.
Ballard Law, PLLC can be reached at:
108 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201